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Eli Lilly halts new studies and exports of some medicines to Russia

Pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly, a competitor to Novo Nordisk on the US insulin scene, says it is ethically bound to protect patients, even if they live in Russia, which is heavily sanctioned.

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Eli Lilly & Co. said it has suspended investment, promotional activity and new clinical trials in Russia, and has stopped exporting nonessential medicines to the country, in response to the war in Ukraine.

The Indianapolis-based drugmaker, which is one of the world’s biggest producers of insulin, said in an emailed statement that it will continue to deliver cancer and diabetes medicines to patients in Russia.

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